Recognising the contributions of engineers to the wheels of progress and technological development, India is celebrating Engineer’s Day on Friday, September 15, 2017. The date has been marked as a tribute to the of eminent Indian engineer Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, who is known for the idea of dams with floodgates for which he was knighted by King George V and was later a recipient of the Bharat Ratna.
We learn about Visvesvaraya and his life on Engineer’s Day, but do we know about others who contributed to the field? Here are some personalities who made their mark in the pages of national engineering history:
1. Satyendra Nath Bose
Satyendra Nath Bose was a specialist in theoretical physics. He is known for his work on quantum mechanics and for his theory of the Bose-Einstein condensate. Bose was born in Calcutta in 1894, became a fellow of the Royal Society and was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1954.
2. Satish Dhawan
Satish Dhawan was an aerospace engineer who was born in 1920 and is known as the father of experimental fluid dynamics research in India. Dhawan was a graduate of the University of Punjab in Lahore who then went on to study at the University of Minnesota and the California Institute of Technology. He even completed a double PhD in mathematics and aerospace engineering and was the chairman of ISRO until 1984. Read | Happy Engineer’s Day: Five things you need to know about M Visvesvaraya, click here
3. Rajeshwari Chatterjee